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One of the pieces to the room puzzle that usually gets very little attention is the ceiling!  Okay, so we are very particular about the type of lighting that goes up there, but what about the actual finish, treatment, or texture of it?  Having a color or pattern on the ceiling can also give the illusion of elongating the walls and making the room feel larger by drawing the eye upwards. There are so many unexpected ways to treat your ceiling so it isn’t just boring white.

Wallpapers:

Source: caldwellflake.com

Source: vogue.com, Kelly Wearstler

Source: housetohome.co.uk

 Paints and Lacquers:

Source: Designer Steven Gambrel

Source: Benjamin Moore, province blue 2135-40

Source: Benjamin Moore, golden honey 297

Source: Benjamin Moore, branchport brown HC-72

Wooden textures and patterns:

Source: cococozy.com

Source: Designer David Netto

Source: Designer Bunny Williams

Source: Designer Pedra Liquida. Casa do Conto, Spain

Source: Designer Pedra Liquida. Casa do Conto, Spain

If you need help creating this look or with any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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This is the Tiffany Suite in the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, NY that costs $8,500 a night!!  How amazing?

Source: Business Insider

Source: Business Insider

To read more about it, go here: http://www.businessinsider.com/tiffanys-suite-st-regis-nyc-2011-6?op=1

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Source: home-library-design-ideas.blogspot.com

My clients, Kate and Jim, have been building a house in the Friendship Heights part of DC for the last 9 months and are finally ready to move in!  With the “Library” being the first room seen at the front of the house, they wanted this to be the first focus of the project. 

The room is bright with white walls, dark floors, and lots of built-in shelving.  Kate gave me guidelines for this room: she needs a desk to work at, there will need to be a small TV in the room, she wants it to be “fresh”, “airy”, and “WARM”,  but absolutely no seafoam and mineral blues, and she wants a white sofa.

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Color scheme

So my challenge was to select a color palette that is bright and fresh but to avoid greens and blues (which was the color scheme in her old house and she is totally tired of).  Okay, a warm but bright palette that would work with a white sofa, sounds difficult since I usually associate warmer tones with creams and not white.

Source: sofa-Kravet, chairs- Ethan Allen, ottoman- Ballard, casegoods and accents- Ethan Allen

I achieved the look Kate and Jim wanted by finding fabrics with a white base but accents of bright orange and yellow.  I also kept a fresh vibe in the room by combining white-painted wood furniture with natural elements like a raw wood lamp on the desk and the bamboo woven area rug.

Library Floor Plan

I will be sure to post pictures of the finished product when everything is installed so stay tuned in the next few months!

 

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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Source: Houzz.com

Brilliant colors like Ruby, Amethyst, Citrine, and Sapphire to make your room sparkle, how could you not fall in love?  Jewel tones are one of my favorite color palettes to work, they are so rich and inviting, and maybe even a little risky.

Source: Houzz

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Source: Houzz

Below is the fabolous chandelier for the dining room above.

Source: Horchow- Retro Glamour Chandelier

Not ready to commit to Emerald Green walls just yet?  Using these colors in accents is definitely a way to add a punch to any room…

Sources: rug-Heal’s, table- CB2, pillow- Home Goods, Pendant-Ylighting, Coverlettes- Horchow

Source: Houzz.com

Check out the fabric on the chair, so subtle but so colorful!

Source: Lyonsglass.com

Source: Houzz.com

I love this peacock painting I found at Home Goods, I wish it would look good in my home.

Source: Graham & Brown

Source: Hebi Arts

Source: Home Goods

So how would you use jewel tones in your home?

DC Sunset

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Pretty display in Pottery Barn!

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Source: ehow.com

I miss those summer trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod where we played in the sand and in the water, and went shopping in the cute little boutique shops that line the streets.  Now that the warm weather (hot if you are in DC) is here to stay, I crave the beach!

Source: Martha Stewart

So here is a little collection of sumemr accessories that bring me back to those summer holidays.

Source: Ethan Allen

Souce: Home Goods

Source: Southern Living

Source: Home Goods

Source: Home Goods

I love the white wash, distressed woods and ropes.

Source: Home Goods

Source: Kaboodle.com

Source: Home Goods

Where did you spend your childhood summer holidays?

If you need help creating this look or tackling any other design project, feel free to contact me!

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Source: Apartment Therapy

Many of my clients love the look of hanging artwork in a gallery style but find it a daunting task to organize.  Here are a few simple tips that need to be followed if you want to create a cohesive gallery of artwork in your home.

Source: Elle Decor

First pull together all the pieces that you want in the gallery, and they definitely do not all have to be photographs.  You can include mirrors, mementos, pressed flowers, children’s artwork, paintings, sculptures, clothing, etc.

Source: Pottery Barn

Source: Coco and Kelly

It is easy to get carried away with tons of your favorite pictures and end up with a wall full of clutter.  There must be one commonality amongst every piece of art whether it is the color of the photo, color of the frame, color of the mat, or size.  For example, if the frames are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, the photos should all be black and white.

Source: Pottery Barn

Now, there are two ways to display the art: in a random pattern or an organized manner.  I find that when all of the pieces are the same size (maybe from the same series) and are hung in a grid, the effect can be very dramatic.  A more random pattern can have a more personal and casual feel.  The trick to laying out an asymmetrical arrangement is to have a common axis which the pieces are lined up on, this give a feeling of order to the chaos.

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Ethan Allen

Regardless if the gallery is randomly arranged or not, the pieces should all be the same distance apart from the next, I usually like between 2 ½ inches to 5 inches all around, give or take depending on how large the wall and the art is.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Above is a gallery I designed for one of my clients in MD.

Follow these easy tips and you are on the way to creating a successful gallery in your own home!

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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